In February, I got to return to Haiti for a week to teach on worship leading! Here are some stories and photos. For those of you who are skimmers, there are plenty of photos and highlights. For you readers, I just about wrote you a novel. Enjoy! This trip, like the last one, was with … Continue reading Bonjou! From Haiti!
Song Story: “Our God is With Us”
Last year, around October-ish, my good friend Craig Smith asked me if I would be interested in putting on a night of Christmas music in December with him and our friend Danny Oertli. I jumped at the idea - these guys are two of my favorite people and great musicians and songwriters. Any opportunity to … Continue reading Song Story: “Our God is With Us”
A Week in Haiti
Bonjou! I am back from Haiti! It was an amazing trip. The team and I experienced so much, from walking among the wreckage that still remains from the earthquake in 2010, to teaching some tent city women how to sew and bead (using charades), to feeding the cutest kids ever, to joining our Haitian brothers … Continue reading A Week in Haiti
“The Living Room” CD RELEASE!
The day has come!! I am super excited to announce the release of my newest album, "The Living Room" on August 27th!! To celebrate this momentous occasion, we're going to get together for a night of worship. I'll share my new songs and the stories behind them and we'll spend some time welcoming and celebrating … Continue reading “The Living Room” CD RELEASE!
THAT’S where the summer went…
I can't tell you how many times I've said (or heard), "Where in the world did the summer go??" As if it didn't also seem to slip through our fingers last year. And the year before. Crazy how that happens! I was just browsing through my photos and thought I'd take a second to share … Continue reading THAT’S where the summer went…
With love from Nigeria. Again.
You might be thinking, "Wasn't she JUST in Nigeria?" I sure was, and it was during that first trip that I got connected with Hillcrest School in Jos, who asked me to return to lead worship for their spring Spiritual Emphasis Week! The first trip to Nigeria was all about taking it in - I was a sponge. The second was all about being present in the moments and being available for whatever God wanted to do. Turns out He wanted to do a LOT.
Simon Says, “cankles” and Nigerian rain…
I am sitting on a couch in my room at the guest house. My feet are propped up on a couple pillows. It's been a fantastic, full day and my feet are the size of footballs. My ankles have disappeared. Apparently salty foods and hot, humid weather don't mix very well! I'm hoping my ankle … Continue reading Simon Says, “cankles” and Nigerian rain…
Hello from Nigeria!
Nigeria is the land of NEPA: the Nigerian Electric Power Association. When NEPA is on you turn on the ceiling fan, charge your cell phone, check your Facebook (provided the internet is ALSO working, which is not very often) and the food you left in the refrigerator is nice and chilled. When NEPA goes off, … Continue reading Hello from Nigeria!
Sannu from Nigeria!
"Greet all your friends in America from Nigeria!" -- Leben I can't tell you how many times I heard that while I was there - I've never been greeted with more warmth or bigger smiles! We met people in the market and on the street, both Christians and Muslims, in houses and in mud huts … Continue reading Sannu from Nigeria!
I remember the time I skinned my six-year-old knees when I fell down getting the mail at the end of our street. I remember hiking with my dad. I remember singing duets and strumming guitars with my mom. I remember my first crush. I remember not having a cell phone (but only barely). I remember … Continue reading Remember